Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Whisenant returns to the sidelines today after a 2-1/2 year hiatus

By Anthony Caruso III

The Sacramento Monarchs recently relieved Jenny Boucek of her head coaching duties. However, they turned to the past to try to rejuvenate their past success. Boucek replaced John Whisenant, the Monarchs GM, and now, Whisenant is going back to being the GM and Head Coach.

Later today, Whisenant will be coaching his first game with the Monarchs since the end of the 2006 season. The last game he coached with the Monarchs was in the 2006 WNBA Finals, before losing to the Detroit Shock. Whisenant will making his 2009 coaching debut against the Phoenix Mercury in Phoenix.

Whisenant is the most successful coach in Monarchs history. He became the Monarchs head coach in 2003, replacing former coach Maura McHugh. He guided the Monarchs to their only WNBA Championship in 2005 over the Connecticut Sun – which is the first title for Kings/Monarchs owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. He was named the 2005 WNBA Coach of the Year.

The Monarchs are currently 3-10 this season. The veteran team with such leaders as DeMya Walker, Kara Lawson, Nicole Powell, and Tisha Penichiero. The Monarchs only have two second-year players, in Laura Harper and Crystal Kelly, and one rookie, in Courtney Paris. The three wins came against the Mercury, Minnesota Lynx, and the Chicago Sky. The Monarchs even lost both pre-season games, too.

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